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Barley Hill Primary School

Barley Hill Primary School
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  2. Year 3

Welcome to Year Three 2020-21

Summer Term 1

Welcome to Summer term 1. We cannot believe term 5 is already here!  This term our topic title is I’m an author with another cool job too! During this topic, Year 3 will look at a variety of books by particular authors and learn more about their lives and what inspired them to become writers as well as the ideas behind their stories.  Our authors are Floella Benjamin, Vashti Harrison, Christian Robinson, Matt De Le Pena and Konnie Huq. Between them, our chosen authors have also worked as; an illustrator, filmmaker, actor, presenter, broadcaster, parliamentarian, charity worker, business woman, artist, teacher and Blue Peter presenter.  We will explore their lives and their work during our English, History, Geography and Art lessons.  Our topic in Science is Plants.  Year 3 will have PE outdoors on Mondays and Thursday.  We are also thrilled to be having cricket coaches coming in to support us during our PE lessons on a Thursday this half term.  Please scroll down to read more information about Year 3.

Please click here for a copy of our Year 3 Topic Web outlining our learning for this half term. 


Below is further information about Year 3 to guide you. Please do get in touch with us via the Year 3 support page if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you!  The email address is Y3Support@barley-hill.oxon.sch.uk

With best wishes,

The Year 3 teaching team

Spring Term 2 Outcomes

The children showed a huge amount of resilience and determination as well as a brilliant sense of fun during their return to school in March 2021.  We made this presentation to share some of our in school learning from the month of March with you.

   Year 3 Terrific Tuesday March/Spring 2 2021 PowerPoint

Spring Term 1 Topic Outcomes

Year 3 were very inspired by their topic 'Rocks, Relics and Rumbles'. We made the presentation below to showcase some of the amazing work that took place at home and in school during January and February 2021.   Well done everyone, we're so proud of you. 

Year 3 Fabulous Friday Spring 1 2021 PowerPoint 

Congratulations also to all the children for all for their hard work making 3D volcanoes.  You can see all the fun and creativity that went into these models in the PowerPoint below:

Volcano Creative Presentation

Autumn Term 2 Topic Outcomes

Lemurs and Meerkats have really enjoyed their topic 'Tribal Tales'. We made the presentation below to share some of the fun we've had in our learning with you.

   Year 3 Tribal Tales Autumn 2 PowerPoint

Welcome to Year Three 2020-21 

Useful Year 3 Information 

Lemurs class teachers

Meerkats class teacher

Ms Nash:  Teaching in class Monday & Tuesday all day and Wednesday morning.

Mrs Gray (Team Leader): Teaching in class Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday & Friday 

Mrs Gunn

Teaching Assistants supporting individual children:

Mrs Palanca and Mrs Caley


Year 3 Homework 

To make it easier to locate and as helpful as possible, information about homework and weekly spellings are now on our 'Year 3 weekly homework and spelling' page.  See below for details ofhow to access this..

Our school day

Staggered morning drop off and home time collection times


Please walk your child to the exterior door of either Meerkats or Lemurs classroom.  There is no need to line up on the playground as they will be greeted by their allocated adults and encouraged to enter the school and immediately wash their hands. Please be aware that it is very difficult for the teacher to have a conversation with a parent at this time as we are trying to observe social distancing whilst helping the children with their coats and bags, get their hands washed and settle children into their seats in the classroom.

Please respect social distancing and adhere to these at all times whilst waiting with or for your child.

To help support social distancing and to be as quick and calm as possible at the end of the day, we have trialled a teacher standing at an open classroom window whilst the children stay seated.  Once the teacher has engaged with the adult collecting a child we are then able to ask the child to come out to you.  We will continue with this going forwards.


Year 3 will have PE outdoors on Mondays and Thursday in Summer term 1 2021.  To allow more time for PE and to help avoid any social distancing concerns when it comes to helping a child to get changed, we will be asking children in Year 3 to come into school in their PE kits on a Monday and Thursday.  Children will remain in their PE kits for the whole day. They can wear their normal school shoes to school on PE days and then change into trainers once on site so that we can keep their trainers in school for the Daily Mile.

Reading At Home: 

It is really important to read with your child as often as possible. Your child will have the opportunity to change their school reading books at least once a week - please encourage your child to do this - which allows them to read the book several times in order to gain confidence and fluency. As you are reading it is useful to stop and ask questions about what the book is about, what the characters are doing and what might happen next. At the end of the book get your child to think about what they like or did not like about the book and reasons why.  

Bringing items in from home and Pencil Cases 

In order to comply with the Government protective measures, there must be limited items brought from home to school daily. Your child will need to bring their coat, named water bottle, fruit snack and lunch box if a school meal is not ordered, alongside their Book Bag.

We are also asking that each child brings in a named pencil case containing the following items, as children require a personal set of stationery. Pencil cases will remain in school daily and only your child will use the equipment provided. Please print the name on the outside of the pencil case. Please ensure their pencil case is named and that it is not so big that it can't be stored in their drawer: Smiggle style hardback cases are not suitable.
• Pencils (x3 minimum)
• Rubber
• Ruler
• Sharpener
• Glue Sticks (x2)
• Child Scissors
• Colouring Pencils (full set)
• Blue Rollerball/Handwriting Pen 
• Felt Tip Pens (optional)